The arts prove again and again to be a surefire way to create meaningful memorable teaching moments in the classroom!

ARTS INTEGRATION

I am the Fine Arts Professional Learning Specialist for Cobb County schools where I support schools K-12 in the area of Fine Arts, Arts Integration, and STEAM.  Before moving into this role with the district, I was an Arts Integration Specialist and Teaching artist for ArtsNow Learning, the Alliance Theatre's Institute, Harvard's Project Zero, and Young Audiences. In these roles I design and facilitate student arts programs and professional learning services for teachers in school communities. I have coached various district-wide educational grant projects that focus upon both arts integration and STEAM. My trainings are on topics such as Formative/ Summative Assessment, STEAM, Differentiation, Project-Based Learning, Artful Thinking Routines (Harvard’s Project Zero), Critical Thinking, Artistic Process/ Design Process. And of course a great deal of my trainings allow teachers to explore the various art forms: Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Digital Arts in their classroom!

In this work, I get to do some meaningful collaboration with Atlanta organizations such as GA Tech CEISMC, SCAD, Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences, High Museum, Atlanta Coalition for the Arts, Zoo Atlanta, Cobb Energy Centre’s Arts Bridge, & multiple school districts including Cobb, Fulton, Hall, Clayton, Cherokee, as well as private independent schools. 

My favorite part about this work is encouraging educators to try out these innovative best practices in the classroom.II also love supporting teachers in the development of STEAM lessons and units. Check out some of the AI and STEAM Units I have helped create.

Arts Integration projects

ArtsNow Learning Specialist

  • Instructional Coach for the the Arts in Education Model Development Dissemination grant- 4 year, Federal grant serving Cherokee Co., STEAM & arts integration training model with 5 participating schools, grades K-5

  • Instructional Coach for the GOSA KickstArt Cobb grant- 2 year, state grant serving 4 Cobb Co. schools, Early Literacy focused grades K-2

  • Instructional Coach for the GOSA Math Innovation grant- 1 year, state grant serving 2 Clayton Co. schools, Math focused grades 3-5

Alliance Theatre Teaching Artist

  • Teaching Artist and curriculum developer on various residencies K-5 teaching projects: Bringing Historical Figures to Life, Drama Partners: STEAM, SmArt StArt Early Literacy

  • Playwright and Developer of a TYA STEAM show that workshopped at Alliance Theatre 

  • Presenter at the Annual Woodruff’s Educator Conference  (5 years)

Young Audiences Consultant

  • Evaluated the Young Audience teaching roster of +100 programs- including performances & residencies

  • Created an instrument to objectively evaluate the programs' quality and relevance in schools

  • Crafted changes to programs to target key elementary concepts and standards

  • Trained & supported teaching artists on effective teaching strategies in their school programs

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